26 Jun 2019
When I was a student I used to spend a lot of time in London. One evening I was walking across London Bridge when a white transit van slowed down next to me.
As anyone who’s been on London Bridge knows, there is a constant flow of traffic over there and the van was holding cars up behind it to speak to me.
‘Look mate, we haven’t got long ‘cos of the traffic’ shouted the driver ‘but wanna buy this speaker on the cheap’?
He pointed to the passenger next to him who was holding a huge speaker on his lap.
‘It normally costs around £2000 but we can give it you for £100 if you have the cash’
I smelled a rat and said ‘no’, put my head down and carried on walking. The van sped off.
Thinking about it, this scam is designed to put people under pressure by using the stressful situation of a busy highway, London Bridge in this case being a perfect example. The ‘victim’ is put under pressure to accept the offer in a few seconds and to part with their cash.
I imagine this scam has been successful on a number of occasions.